Boys & Girls Clubs of America has its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing boys' and girls' interests, improving their behavior, and increasing their personal goals and expectations. Now, more than 100 years later, kids are still the #1 priority. Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe haven for more than 4 million youth, giving them an opportunity to discover their great futures. Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County opened its first Club in partnership with the City of Frederick's Housing Authority at Sagner's Village Public Housing Community in 2002 under the oversight of Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. This Club offered after-school programs for low-income children and a nominal cost which would be waived if the family had financial challenges. In 2010, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County officially became a chartered organization with Boys & Girls Club of America and a separate entity of Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. Currently, we have 4 Clubs in Frederick County - Madison Street and Emmitsburg Elementary School for elementary school-aged kids, Ballenger Creek Middle School for middle schoolers, and Burck Street for teens. We are always growing and improving thanks to the generous support of the individuals in our community!